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I Love Seoul, I Like Temple: Temple Stay Diary

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration 2014 at Seoul National University

With more and more Indians migrating to Korea, Hindu festivals have begun to witness colorful celebrations in Korea. This year, 8th Ganesh Chaturthi festival was celebrated by Indian Students Association at Seoul National University (SNU) (ISA@SNU) in collaboration with Vedic Culture Centre, Seoul.

Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth anniversary of lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and prosperity of Hindu mythology. The idol of Ganesh was installed at SNU auditorium on 6th of Sept 2014 and worshiped with prayers and bhajans.


Teakettle Mountain is available for free now

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The Good, The Bad, and The Hagfish

John Bocskay:

The hagfish has been called the nastiest and most disgusting creature in the sea. In South Korea, it’s called dinner. Check it out:

Originally posted on SWEET PICKLES & CORN:


Reframing Reunification

by Stephanie Park

I don’t remember exactly when I learned about Korea’s division into North and South; but I do remember the immediate conviction I felt that the two should be reunified. I didn’t know much about the South, and even less about the North, but my childhood self was convinced it needed to happen. Perhaps, I perceived a desire, unspoken but felt, of my grandparents to return to the provinces where they were born. Perhaps I was simply parroting the idea that Koreans were one people, and should therefore be one nation as well[1]. Or perhaps I just liked the idea of a happy ending. Regardless, before I became serious about critically examining Korean politics, reunification was the one topic I had any opinion on.


This website has moved!

I’m gearing up for the release of a new book, which also means a new website.



Busan to Seoul, a journey on Korea’s Cross-Country Cycling Road

22. Courtesy of a nice Korean chap

It’s 07:30 and my alarm is chirping away at me. Time to drag myself out of bed, eat breakfast in a hurry, shower and go to school. Just another work-day. But, wait! It’s Saturday, why am I up at this unwelcoming hour? That’s right, you’ve decided to spend the Chuseok public holiday cycling across a whole country…

1. Eulsukdo the journey begins...


3rd Largest Korean Diaspora Community in Western Europe is….

They say France is the 3rd largest Korean diaspora community, however, I wasn’t too impressed with what I found from the net.  I thought there’d at least be a small Korean town or a street that’s dedicated to the population (if you know one, please, let me know!), but I have yet to discover one.

What I DO know is at this moment, there are over 58 restaurants in Korea that is dedicated to French cuisine.  See the list and websites below if you want to take a stab at French cuisine in Korea.  Gangnam has over 20 restaurants alone.

The first contact of Franco-Korean relations


Damotori ‘H’ – (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’) (Haebangcheon)

Name:  Damotori H (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’) Location:  Haebangcheon Reviewed by:  Mama Julia Thoughts:  Damotori is the staple makgeolli bar for the Haebangcheon and surrounding neighborhood.  It has a cozy and dark atmosphere, […]

The Lie

This is one of the most sincere things I have ever written about myself. I am at a point in my life where I feel comfortable about sharing it, and for my closest friends this will be the first time you hear it. It’s a  story I was afraid to tell, but I hope it can serve a purpose now. This is the last post I will be writing.

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In life, there are times when the floor drops from beneath you.

Four years ago I asked if I could leave drawing class early to go to a doctor’s appointment. My instructor at the time asked me if everything was OK, to which I reassured, “Of course, I’m fine, it’s probably not a big deal.”

One hour later I was diagnosed with Takayasu’s Arteritis.


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